Just a quick follow-up note, here — last night, Judge Garrett E. Brown, in Trenton, New Jersey, signed an order that reassigned to Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh, the ERISA case captioned Cobb, et al. v. Merck & Co., Inc. et al., Case No. 3:08-cv-01974 (US Dist Ct NJ, Complaint filed April 21, 2008) — a putative class action advancing new theories of recovery, on behalf of the plaintiffs.
Judge Cavanaugh, of course, is the very-able federal district court judge, in Newark, New Jersey, who is handling almost all of the 125 plus would-be class action cases now pending against Schering-Plough, the joint venture, and Merck & Co., Inc., related to all the topics I cover on this blog. Merck made special mention of this case in its most recent SEC Form 10-Q (at the bottom of page 43). An interesting discussion of the legal principles involved appears in the comments to this post.
Covington and Burling’s DC Office is watching this one quite-closely.
That is all. Carry-on.